Like many people during this pandemic, I sat at home watching the MLB Draft as it took one heck of a surprising turn.

As I sat back with my feet up, the Tigers took the consensus number one Spencer Torkelson with the first pick.  It’s what happened next that shocked everyone. The Orioles selected Heston Kjerstad who was touted to go closer to 10th, largely due to the fact they can use bonus pool money to get other picks. Following the Orioles passing on Martin, the Marlins selected flame thrower Max Meyer with the 3rd overall pick, and the Royals took Asa Lacy with the 4th. The Blue Jays were next on the clock and they were salivating. Director of amateur scouting Shane Farrell could not wait to send in the pick as they held a virtual draft to select the stud from Vanderbilt Austin Martin.

 

What Does He Bring To The Team

Martin, touted as the draft’s best pure hitter brings a whole new arsenal to the Blue Jays prospect pool. Martin played the majority of his career as a third baseman but has been all over the field during his collegiate career.

Last season he led all NCAA Division I players in runs with 87 while sporting a .392/.486/.604 slash line. Listed at 6’0, 185lbs he is as close to a five-tool player you could have gotten in the draft. With his abilities on and off the base paths, his biggest flaw is his throwing power.

The Blue Jays have a talent pool within the infield stacked with Bo, Vladdy, Cavan, and upcoming prospects Jordan Groshans, Orelvis Martinez and Kevin Smith.

Shapiro and Co. have the assets now with their recent selection of Martin to make the corresponding moves to make this team the best it has been in years. Martin very well could be a part of the roster in the year 2022 and by that time the three headed monster might be the best players in the game.